CS Machogu Issues School Resumption Directive on Flood Risks

The Ministry of Education, led by Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu, has issued a memo urging regional heads to assess the continuing flooding.

The memo, sent to regional directors of education, stated that the findings would impact the Ministry’s decision to allow schools to resume next week.

The damage the recent severe rains have caused to schools across the nation is one of the factors being considered.

The memo indicated that the Ministry was in the process of collecting data and information to establish the readiness of all Basic Education Institutions for the second term of 2024.

It further stated that the data on the effects of rain and flooding would be critical for planning and sharing with the Education in Emergencies cluster working group.

According to reports, depending on the conclusion of the assessment, the Ministry would likely postpone the opening date to allow for repairs.

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The Ministry has instructed regional directors to supervise the data collection process and submit their findings by Friday, April 26.

The Kenya Meteorological Department’s most recent weather forecast predicts heavy rains in various areas until April 29.

The forecast mentioned that heavy rainfall events are likely to occur in some parts of the Highlands East and West of the Rift Valley, the Lake Victoria Basin, the Rift Valley, the South-eastern lowlands, the Coast, North-western, and North-eastern Kenya.

The forecast also predicted flooding in low-lying areas, those in flood plains, and urban areas with inadequate drainage. Landslides may occur on steep slopes where soils become saturated.

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The Highlands West of the Rift Valley, the Lake Victoria Basin, the Rift Valley, northwestern Kenya, and the Highlands East of the Rift Valley (including Nairobi County) are among the most tangible locations highlighted.

The current severe rainfall has caused floods that have affected over 40,000 people and killed at least 32.

The Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) also confirmed the partial closure of numerous routes on Wednesday, including important ones like Mombasa Road and Thika Road.

CS Machogu Issues School Resumption Directive on Flood Risks

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